January 15, 2013
Posted by John Spencer
In the "real world," citizenship goes beyond playing nice. It's about more than cultivating a positive image and avoiding ruffling feathers. It's about more than prepping for a future job interview. It's about more than being a smart consumer.
Citizenship involves critical thinking. It involves advocating for freedom. It involves thinking about justice and equity. It's about expressing one's voice and learning to listen.
I find it troubling, then, when digital citizenship becomes an exercise in personal branding and job preparation. Yes, I want students to learn to be responsible. True, I want them to see digital footprint. However, I also want students to understand the political and social systems involved in the Internet.
I want them grappling with issues of intellectual property and free access to information. I want them to respect copyright, but I also want them contributing the the Creative Commons. I want students to know about open access to information.